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Waynesboro Begins Search for Replacement Superintendent

Posted: Updated: Jan 8, 2013 05:51 PM EST

Tuesday night the Waynesboro School Board begins the search for a new top administrator.

Robin Crowder announced on Friday that he's stepping down after nearly 23 years with Waynesboro schools - the last seven as superintendent.

Waynesboro School Board member Melinda Ferguson says Crowder has done "a wonderful job in remarkably challenging times."

The board formally accepted his resignation Tuesday night, but Crowder believes he has more to give and will take his experience to his alma mater, James Madison University. He will again work directly with students, coming full-circle in his 35 years in public education.

"I get to go back and teach and direct a program that targets aspiring administrators for schools, so it's pretty exciting," Crowder said.

Crowder will take over JMU's education leadership program, working with people who want to follow the same path he did, from the classroom to the principal's office.

He worries that whoever takes his job will have to battle the increasing pressure of politics on public schools. During his seven years as superintendent, Crowder has occasionally had to fight for state and local funding. He says one of his few regrets is being unable to pay teachers and administrators what they're truly worth.

But he's confident that he will leave Waynesboro in good hands.

"The right people are in place throughout this school division, whether that's in a classroom or as a principal or as a leader in the school board office. They have vision, and they are the eyes and ears of this community," he said.

Crowder will finish out the school year with Waynesboro.

Board members plan to seek the help of the Virginia School Boards Association in their search for a new superintendent. They say the search will cost anywhere from $12,000 to $15,000. The vice chairman says a headhunter would cost twice as much.

Reported by Tara Todd and Ken Slack.

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